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Library FAQs

Accessing Library Resources

You do not have to be on campus to use the library's resources. The library's resources are accessible online, and access includes the ability to view eBooks, read full-text articles, browse subject-specific databases, and much more.

Method 1:  To access the library's resources, log in to your PantherWeb student portal using your student ID and password, and then click on the yellow library icon under Quick Links. 

Step 1:  Log in to Panther Web Login Button  Step 2:  Click on Library Icon


 

Method 2:  You may be asked to access the library's resources using a Borrower ID and a Pin/Password. This is NOT your PantherWeb student information!

Your Borrower ID is the full 14-digit card number on the back of your PantherCard that starts with 24901. Your Pin/Password is a 4-digit number that represents your 2-digit birth month and 2-digit year of birth. So if, for example, you were born in July of 1995, your pin would be 0795.

Panther Card Library Login Photo

No. You can access the library's resources online, 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. Log in anywhere and at any time using a valid internet connection. Follow the steps above for logging in to the library.

The student login information for the computers in the library and for PantherWeb are the same. The username for both is the student ID number, and the password for both is the pin provided during registration for classes. Note: The password is different than the pin used to access the library's resources.

The borrower ID is the 14-digit card number on the back of your PantherCard that starts with 24901 and the pin/password is the 2-digit month and 2-digit year of your birth. So, for example, if you were born in August of 1999, your pin/password is 0899.

Resources Available

The library provides resources to support students with their learning needs. This includes books, eBooks, newspapers, magazines, journals, DVDs, audiobooks, databases, computers, printers/copiers, laptops, iPads, Kindles, Nooks, mobile hotspots, calculators, headphones, and much more.

No.  You only need to have a connection to the internet on any device whether it is a computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone.  You also need to be logged in to gain access to the library resources.    When you do a basic search in the library catalog, eBooks are indicated with the following icon: Ebook Icon.

To read the eBook, simply click on the link that says "Click here to view this eBook."  The eBooks are provided by different platforms, such as Overdrive and EBSCO. Therefore, the format is slightly different for each platform and the permissions to read, print, download, and email vary.

If you are having trouble reading an eBook from your library, ask a library staff member for help. 

A library database is a searchable collection of published information. The Palm Beach State College Libraries subscribe to over 100 databases, which include access to full-text articles from newspapers, magazines, academic journals, full eBooks, streaming videos, academic testing practice, interactive language learning, and much more. See the full list of databases arranged alphabetically or by subject.

Yes. You can stop by the library in person to reserve the study room. You can also call the library directly at (561) 993-1150, reserve it online at: https://palmbeach.mywconline.net/, or email westlibrarylrc@palmbeachstate.edu.

Yes. Most textbooks for classes offered at the Belle Glade campus can be found in the Reserves Collection in the Belle Glade Campus library. Textbooks can be checked out for a minimum of 3 hours at a time and must be used in the library.  If you are taking a class online or at another campus, check with our campus libraries.  Note that because these items are on reserve and for in-library use only, you will have to drive out to that campus to use the book (they will not send a textbook on reserve to another campus).

Yes. The library has a growing collection of fiction books, including children's literature, young adult fiction, and popular adult fiction books.

Yes. WiFi is available in the library. To access the PAW WiFi network, you must log on using your PantherWeb username and password. 

Searching for Materials

From the library home page, you can search for library materials by entering keywords in the quick search box. The results default to all materials, but you can narrow your search down to a specific format (article, book, movie, etc.). You can also narrow your search by campus, date of publication, etc. 

Narrow down results screenshot

When you search for an item in the catalog, you will be able to view details regarding the item's availability. If the item is available, the Available item status will be displayed in green. If the item is not available, the item status will reflect a due date for when the item will be returned to the library. You can also view an item's campus location.

 Catalog Screenshot

If an item you need is available at another Palm Beach State College campus, you can place a hold online by clicking on the Place a Hold link. You must be logged in to your library account in order to place a hold on a material. The library will be notified of your request and will ship the item to your selected campus pick-up location. Material holds can take 5 to 7 business days.

Catalog Hold Screenshot

The library uses the Library of Congress classification system, which is a combination of letters and numbers. The call number is located in the online search record. A call number is like a book's address. Books are arranged by alphabetical and numerical order in the library. So for example, if the call number for a book is TZ357.G55 2014, then you would start your search at the T section of the library and work your way alphabetically to TZ followed by the number series.

Catalog Call Number Screenshot

If Palm Beach State College does not have an item available for checkout, a request for the item can be made to another Florida institution through Interlibrary Loan (ILL). This is a free service for students. You can see if another Florida state college library has the material by clicking on the blue icon that says UBorrow. Once you click on the UBorrow button, it will bring you to a page from the Florida Virtual Campus with a list of available items and their locations. From that page, find the item that you are seeking and click on UBorrow again. It will confirm that you want to request the item and another library will send it to your selected campus pick-up location. UBorrow requests can take a minimum of 2 weeks to arrive.

Step 1:  Search for an item in the catalog.  If you are not finding what you need at Palm Beach State College, click on UBorrow Icon.

Step 2: From the list of items in the Florida Virtual Campus site, find the item that you need and click on UBorrow Icon again.

Step 3:  Select your campus from the drop-down menu. It will take at least 2 weeks for your item to arrive. You will be notified by phone and by email when your item is available for pick-up.

A librarian can also request an item on your behalf.

Yes. To search for a DVD, simply enter the title into the quick search box on the library home page, and then narrow down your result to the Video (DVD) format.  If a DVD is available at the Belle Glade campus library, ask a library staff member for help with locating it as it might be stored in a separate area.

More than 2,000 DVDs are available at the Belle Glade campus library for checkout. Display cases with popular DVDs are available on the main library floor and additional DVDs may be found in the library storage area. A total of 5 DVDs may be checked out at one time for a period of 7 days. See a library staff member to view all available DVDs.

 Checking Out Materials

The following items are available for checkout in the library:

  • Books for 21 days
  • Audiobooks for 21 days
  • Calculators for an entire semester
  • DVDs (up to 5 at a time) for 7 days
  • Kindles/Kindle Fire for 21 days
  • Laptops for 3 hours
  • iPads for 2 nights
  • Reserve items such as textbooks for a minimum 3 hours with the option to renew (for use in library only)
  • Headphones for 3 hours
  • Mobile hotspots for 7 days
  • Nook eReaders for 21 days

If you checked out an item and you need it for a longer period of time, you may renew it. To renew an item, you can call the library at (561) 993-1150, email us at westlibrarylrc@palmbeachstate.edu, or stop by the library in person.  You can also renew it online by logging in to the library, clicking on My Account, and then clicking on View Loans. Under View Loans, click on the Renew button for the items you would like to have extended.

Renewals may be granted for items that are not on hold. Extensions on interlibrary loan requests may be made by speaking with a library staff member.

Items that are returned late accumulate fines that have to be paid. Fines for late items are given at the following rates:

  • Books/audiobooks/calculators: 10-cents per day
  • DVDs/Mobile Hotspots: 25-cents per day
  • Kindles/Nooks: $1 per day
  • Laptops/iPads/reserve books/xBox controllers and games/headphones: $5 per hour

Fines must be paid for at the cashier's office, and a receipt must be shown to a librarian in order to have your account cleared. You can stop by the library for a list of accumulated fines and a total amount owed.

Fines can also be paid using your PantherCard dollars at the circulation desk.

PantherCard

Belle Glade campus students can obtain a PantherCard at the Security Office.

You must have a government-issued photo ID in order to obtain a PantherCard. Acceptable forms of ID include the following:

  • Driver's License
  • State Identification Card
  • Passport/Visa
  • Permanent Residence Card

Students under the age of 18 who do not have any form of identification may have their parent/guardian complete a verification of identity for minors form in place of a photo ID. The form must be submitted with a copy of a valid photo ID from the parent/guardian.

There is a machine located outside of the library where cash can be added to your card.  Money can also be added to your card online through PantherWeb

Your PantherCard is your identification showing that you are a student at Palm Beach State College. It also serves as your library card to check out materials. You also will need your PantherCard to make copies or print.

Additionally, your PantherCard gives you access to the Wellness Center and the Student Learning Centers on campus. You can also use it for purchases in the bookstore and cafeteria.

Printing & Copying

Yes. Students can print in the library at the cost of 10-cents per page for black and white printouts and 50-cents per page for color printouts.

Students must use their PantherCard to pay for printing and/or copies. The PantherCard can be loaded with cash using the machine outside of student services, or with a credit card online through PantherWeb.

At this time, you cannot print from your personal laptop. You can, however, print from any computer in the library or one of the student laptops, which are available for checkout.

Yes, copies can be made for 10-cents in black & white, and 50-cents in color.

Yes, you can print and make copies double-sided.

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